DBX Blues Series 160SL Compressor/Limiter

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About the DBX 160SL Sound Processing

The dbx 160SL is a dual mono/stereo compressor/limiter that strives for excellence not only in performance, but also in construction. It features dual proprietary V8 VCA modules that deliver 127dB of dynamic range with ultra-low distortion. The unit features Auto, AutoVelocity and full manual mode for setting up the processor. This allows the user to set maximum preferred settings in manual mode and let the 160SL do the rest, depending on the program material. In addition to having the auto attack and release mode, the compressor retains the hard knee threshold characteristics of the classic dbx 160.

The compressor has a machined 1/4" aircraft aluminum front panel, handcrafted solid aluminum knobs, LEDs mounted individually in machined stainless steel housings, custom VU meters with peak indicators and is housed in a heavy gauge chassis. Additionally, the electronics of the unit take full advantage of today's technologically superior components and deliver a sonically advanced processor.

DBX 160SL Sound Processing Includes

  • dbx Blues Series 160SL Compressor/Limiter
  • AC Power Cable
  • dbx 2 Years Limited Warranty

DBX 160SL Sound Processing Features

  • Patent-pending AutoVelocity circuit
  • 127dB of Dynamic Range
  • High-Drive output transformer circuit drives 1000 ft. of Belden cable at +30dBu with only .007% THD
  • Switchable between Hard-knee and OverEasy Compression
  • Program-dependent "Auto," AutoVelocity or fully variable attack ad release manual modes

DBX 160SL Sound Processing Specifications

Input: Connectors Female XLR Pin 2 hot, pin 1 lift switch
Input: Type Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Input: Impedance Balanced > 20 k Ohms, unbalanced > 10 k Ohms
Max Input Level >+30dBu balanced, > +26dBu unbalanced
Input: CMRR >100dB 20 Hz to 200 Hz, >80dB 200 Hz to 2 kHz, >60dB 2 kHz to 20 kHz
Output: Connector Male XLR Pin 2 hot
Output: Type Transformer balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Output: Impedance Balanced 50Ohms, unbalanced 25Ohms
Max Output Level Bal >+30dBm (into 600 Ohms)
Unbalanced (with UNBAL switch engaged) >+24dBm (into 600 Ohms)
Sidechain Send (Output): Connector Male XLR Pin 2 hot
Sidechain Send (Output): Type Unbuffered, hard-wired to INPUT, RF filtered
Sidechain Return (Input): Connector Female XLR Pin 2 hot
Sidechain Return (Input): Type Electronically balanced/unbalanced, RF filtered
Sidechain Return (Input): Impedance Balanced >20 k Ohms, unbalanced >10k Ohms
Sidechain Return (Input): Max Level >+30dBu balanced or unbalanced
0.1dB Bandwidth 20 Hz to 20 kHz +0/-0.1dB, no gain reduction, unity gain
1.0dB Bandwidth <4 Hz to >40 kHz +0/-1.0dB, no gain reduction, unity gain
Frequency Response <2 Hz to >200 kHz +0/-3.0dB, no gain reduction, unity gain
Noise <-92dBu, unweighted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz measurement bandwidth
Dynamic Range >122dB
THD + Noise 0.008% typical at +4dBu, 1kHz, unity gain
0.05% typical at +30dBu, 1kHz, unity gain
<0.1% any amount of compression up to 30dB, 1kHz
IMD <0.02% SMPTE 4:1, no gain reduction, unity gain
Deviation From Linear Phase <1.0 degree, <10 Hz to 200 kHz, 30dB of compression
Interchannel Crosstalk <-100dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
VCA dbx V8
VCA Dynamic Range >127dB
VCA THD + Noise 0.006% typical at +4dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain
Stereo Coupling True RMS Power Summing
Compressor: Threshold Range -40 to +30dBu
Compressor: Ratio 1:1 to 4:1
Compressor: Threshold Characteristic Selectable OverEasy or hard knee
Compressor: Attack/Release Modes Selectable Manual or Auto
Compressor: Manual Attack Time Scalable program-dependent. Typically 400dB/msec to 1dB/msec
Compressor: Manual Release Time Scalable program-dependent. Typically 4000dB/sec to 10dB/sec
Compressor: Auto Attack Time Program-dependent, typically 15 ms for 10dB, 5 ms for 20dB, 3 ms for 30dB
Compressor: Auto Release Time Program-dependent, typically 120dB/sec
Compressor: Output Gain -20 to +20dB
Limiter: Threshold Range +4dBu to >+30dBu (off)
Limiter: Ratio 4:1
Limiter: Type PeakStopPlus two-stage limiter
Limiter: Stage 1 Instantaneous Transient Clamp
Limiter: Attack Time Program dependent, typically <5 msec
Limiter: Release Time Program dependent, typically 22dB/sec
Limiter: Stage 2 Intelligent Predictive Limiting
Dimensions (H x W x D) 3.5" x 19" x 11.25" / 8.89 x 48.2 x 28.5 cm
Weight 20.5 lbs (9.3 kg)
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